Daily Reports
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HLPF 2019
18 July 2019 | UN Headquarters, New York

The last day of the 2019 HLPF included an “intergenerational dialogue”, and a session on lessons learned from the first cycle of the HLPF and messages for the SDG Summit. UN Under-Secretary-General Liu Zhenmin listed the achievements of the HLPF so far, including: presentation of 142 VNRs; review of all the SDGs; organization of regional fora; and stakeholder contributions. Presenting the preliminary and partial results of a survey conducted to inform the upcoming HLPF review process, Zhenmin said respondents believed the HLPF has fulfilled its functions, and the VNRs were useful to share lessons and challenges, advance implementation, and mobilize partners.

Ten VNRs were presented during the morning, and the General Debate continued through the day. In the closing session, the draft procedural report of the 2019 HLPF was adopted without amendments. Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed highlighted three main areas: “the inclusion imperative”; democratic and effective institutions; and political commitment. The meeting was gaveled to a close at 6:04 pm. Read full report

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ISA-25 Part 2
18 July 2019 | Kingston, Jamaica

On Thursday, the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) continued its deliberations on the report of the Chair of the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC). It also addressed the report of the Special Representative for the Enterprise, focusing on ways to operationalize the Enterprise.

Highlights of the day included:

  • an interesting discussion on the timeline for finalizing the draft exploitation regulations, with many Council members prioritizing quality over deadlines;
  • exchange of ideas on a mechanism for an independent review of environmental plans;
  • an in-depth discussion on ways to operationalize the Enterprise, including progress on joint venture proposals;
  • consideration of preferences regarding the extension of the mandate of the Special Representative and the appointment of an interim director general; and
  • informal discussions on the way forward for the draft exploitation regulations, with some members requesting further work by the LTC and others opining that the Commission has finalized its work.
At lunchtime, a side event was organized by the Pew Charitable Trusts and Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI) under the title “New Science in the Area.” Read full report

Side Events
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Coverage of Selected Side Events at HLPF 2019
18 July 2019 | UN Headquarters, New York